Wonderful great booms in the night, celebrating Guy Fawkes Night. That, of course, was the 5th of November 1605 when the Guy Fawkes-led conspiracy to assassinate James I of England and blow up Parliament was foiled.
Remember, remember the Fifth of November,
The Gunpowder Treason and Plot,
I know of no reason
Why the Gunpowder Treason
Should ever be forgot.
Guy Fawkes, Guy Fawkes, 'twas his intent
To blow up the King and Parli'ment.
Three-score barrels of powder below
To prove old England's overthrow;
By God's mercy he was catch'd
With a dark lantern and burning match.
Hulloa boys, Hulloa boys, let the bells ring.
Hulloa boys, hulloa boys, God save the King!
The second verse is too grisly to record here.
The conspirators were Catholic, thereby renewing suspicions that they wanted to seize English liberties. This is a theme in English history, as King John had signed England over to the Pope shortly before he was forced to seal Magna Carta and the attempted invasion of England by the Spanish Armada in 1588 had been announced as a Catholic enterprise.
Treason today comes stealthilyAnd attacks Protestants, Catholics and those with no faith. It does not announce itself with explosions, as tea partiers in America and opponents of the European Union have learned. Treason today is an insidious invasion: quietly choking free speech; silently debasing our currency to pay for profligate spending with the result that our money buys less; relentlessly increasing hidden taxes; nosily bringing inspectors into our homes to sniff out whether our recycling is up to snuff, whether, absurdly, the sofa contains fire retardant and, ghoulishly, what websites we've been visiting; and slyly refusing to ever confess what all this costs - but clearly it's all being done at enormous cost to us for our own good!
Remember, remember your Inheritance.